Andrew Selous

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Andrew Selous
Andrew Selous.jpg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
Assumed office
16 July 2014
Preceded by Jeremy Wright
Member of Parliament
for South West Bedfordshire
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by David Madel
Majority 16,649 (32.8%)[1]
Personal details
Born (1962-04-27) 27 April 1962 (age 52)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Harriet Marston
Children 3
Alma mater Eton College
London School of Economics
Occupation MP
Profession Business, Industry, Trade
Religion Christian
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (TA)
Honourable Artillery Company
Years of service 1981-1994
Rank Major

Andrew Edmund Armstrong Selous /səˈl/ (born 27 April 1962)[2] Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who has been the Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire since 2001.

Early life[edit]

Chapel of Eton College

London-born, Selous was educated at Eton College and the London School of Economics, receiving a BSc in Industry and Trade in 1984. He was a member of the Territorial Army, a soldier in the Honourable Artillery Company and then an officer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, between 1981 and 1994. From 1988-94, he was a director of his family firm CNS Electronics (now CNS Farnell). From 1991-2001, he was an underwriter at Great Lakes insurance company.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Selous was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001, and had previously contested Sunderland North seat in 1997. He is a director and prominent member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.[3]

In 2006 Selous was promoted to Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.[4]

Selous voted in favour of the military campaign in Iraq based upon the assurances of the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith as to the legality of the action (Hansard, Iraq: Legality of Armed Force 17 March 2003), who "Has clearly advised the Government that the military campaign in Iraq is clearly legal" - (Selous, 31 March 2003).

Selous once provoked ridicule by making a tweet (subsequently deleted) supporting the removal of benefit entitlement from non-English speakers: "Strongly support the loss of benefits unless claimants lean [sic] English." [5]

He was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from 28 May 2010 to 16 July 2014.[6] On 16 July 2014 he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for Prisons and Probation.[7]


  1. ^ "Election 2010 - Bedfordshire South West". BBC News. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Selous compared to 'Homosexuality - Equal rights'". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Andrew Selous". BBC News. 2002-10-23. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ The Daily Telegraph (London)  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  6. ^ Published on 28/05/2010 17:41 (2010-05-28). "Parliamentary post for SW Beds MP". Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir David Madel
Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire